Governor Jerry Brown recently appointed Chuck Bonham to to head the Department of Fish & Game, and at CalTrout, we couldn’t be more pleased.
Our close working relationship with the California Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Chuck Bonham made it very easy to support Mr. Bonham’s appointment, and in fact, we worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring this to fruition.
We believe California’s Department of Fish & Game couldn’t be in better hands.
The State’s Press Release
August 26, 2011
Today the Governor announced his appointment of Chuck Bonham to the position of Director of the Department of Fish and Game (DFG). Mr. Bonham has served in multiple positions at Trout Unlimited (TU) since 2000, including California Director and Senior Attorney.
As state director, Bonham was responsible for developing, implementing, and managing all of TU’s programs in California. These programs include TU’s California Water Project, Sportsmen’s Conservation Project, and restoration and watershed projects in both northern and southern California.
Bonham also serves on the board of directors of the Delta Conservancy.
Mr. Bonham has been a leader in many of the most ambitious water, land, and fish restoration efforts in California in the last decade, including: the development of the Yuba Accord (winner of the 2009 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award); the Klamath River restoration initiative to secure the nation’s largest dam removal and river restoration project while ensuring sustainable local communities; and, the formation of the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council during the energy crisis in the early 2000s to permanently protect 140,000 remarkable acres of watershed lands and invest in outdoor programs that serve California’s young people.
He received his J.D. and Environmental and Natural Resources Law Certificate from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Oregon. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa.
Mr. Bonham’s appointment requires Senate confirmation.